Senate rejects gun control bill amendments

Senate rejects gun control bill amendments

(FILE) (Source: Photo Pixabay) RICHMOND – The Virginia Senate rejected the governor’s amendments to a bill that restricts the gun rights of anyone convicted for assault and battery of a family member. Under House Bill 1992 , introduced by Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax, anyone convicted of assault and battery of a family or household member would be prohibited from owning, purchasing or transporting firearms for a period of three years. Governor Ralph Northam proposed increasing the probation period from three years to five years. The governor also wanted to expand the bill to include individuals who were living together or who had cohabitated within 12 months. This may include jail time for up to 12 months, a fine of up to $2,500, or both. “We know that domestic abusers should not own or purchase guns because when they’ve got one, they use one,” Murphy said when introducing the bill. Lawmakers in the House passed the amendment along party lines, but it failed in the Senate. Democrats joined Republicans to vote against the changes. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the VCDL historically would not have supported this legislation in its original form. The VCDL is a group created to protect the Second Amendment rights of Virginians. If a Virginia citizen lost their gun rights due to a misdemeanor charge, they would lose it forever under federal law, according to Van Cleave. HB 1992 remedies this situation. David Adams, legislative director for the Virginia Shooting […]

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